Saturday, November 19, 2011

West Virginia Tech Rides Momentum to Win at St. Catharine


West Virginia Tech 83
(17) St. Catharine College 79

Final from Springfield, Kentucky


West Virginia Tech gained momentum early in the second half and picked up a big 83-79 road win at St. Catharine College on Saturday.

Trailing 43-40, Donald Robinson threw down a powerful dunk (see below) which seemed to energize Tech. Freshman David Ward and senior Eddie Hayden then nailed a series of three-pointers that propelled the Golden Bears (5-0) to victory.

David Rawlinson led Tech with 17 points. Robinson added 15 and Hayden chipped in 12. Josh Proctor contributed 11.

St. Catharine (4-2) got a game-high 19 points from Kashiff Carr. DeShawn Mitchell netted 16 and Stefan Pope totalled 15.

The Patriots return to action on Monday night against Mid-South Conference foe Rio Grande.

Some highlights:



Georgetown College Survives Ferocious Pikeville Comeback


(8) Georgetown College 86
(1) University of Pikeville 84

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A contested shot to tie at the horn fell short as No. 8 Georgetown College knocked off No. 1 Pikeville 86-84 Saturday afternoon at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

The off-balance shot ended a furious comeback that brought the Bears back from an18-point deficit with 12 minutes to play.

With the win, Georgetown improves to 7-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Mid-South Conference. Pikeville's 11-game win streak, dating back to the opener of the 2011 NAIA national tournament, came to an end.

Georgetown got 38 points off its bench to lift it to the win.

Pikeville (6-1, 0-1), had four players reach double digits in the game, but got only 15 points from the other nine who played in the game.

The game was tied twice early, including at 12 after senior Tyrone Shelley nailed a three from the right wing with 14:22 left in the first half. The shot began 12 unanswered points by the Tigers, an explosion that lasted a mere 71 seconds. From there, the Tigers never lost the lead.

The Tigers shot 62.1 percent in the first half and took a 52-41 lead to intermission.

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Rajon Rondo May Reunite with Kendrick Perkins Overseas


According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo is inquiring about the possibilities of playing overseas this season.

Here's more from Yahoo! Sports:

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, close friends, have been discussing the possibility of playing together overseas, and have had representatives inquiring on the possibilities, sources said.

Rondo and Perkins are interested in playing in higher-paying countries, such as Italy, Spain and Russia, sources said. There’s no deal in the works, and it’s unclear if there’s even a team that could financially put together the kind of contracts it would take to lure the players.


Kevin Love, Luol Deng could play in Turkey

Eastern Kentucky Defeats William & Mary in 2K Sports Classic


Eastern Kentucky 63
William & Mary 44

Final from Lynchburg, Virginia


Game recap by EKU:

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Down at halftime, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team stepped up its defensive pressure in the second half to force a season-high 18 turnovers and cruise past William and Mary, 63-44, Saturday night at the Vines Center.

The game was part of the 2K Sports Classic Benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

Trailing 24-19 at the break, EKU (3-2) used quick hands and aggressive defense to cause 12 turnovers, nine on steals, and stifle William and Mary (0-5) to 29 percent (7-of-24) shooting from the field and 15 percent (2-of-13) shooting from deep in the second half. EKU’s defense then led to offense as the Colonels, who shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) from the field in the first half, exploded to shoot 62 percent (16-of-26) from the field and outscore the Tribe, 44-20, in the second half.

Junior Mike DiNunno delivered his best game as a Colonel to lead EKU. The guard from Chicago poured in 20 points on 4-of-5 shooting from deep and also contributed with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior D’Mitri Riggs finished the night with 13 points while senior Jaron Jones chipped in with 11 points. Senior Joshua Jones scored only four points but led the defensive charge in the second half and finished with a career-high six steals.

Brandon Britt led the Tribe with nine points, while Tom Schalk finished the game with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Making his first career start, Riggs came out hot, hitting his first two three-point attempts to give EKU an 8-2 lead at the first media timeout. William and Mary responded, though, and grabbed a double-digit advantage, 21-11, when Quinn McDowell converted a fastbreak layup with 4:20 remaining in the half.

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Louisville Pulls Away from Butler in Second Half


(8) Louisville 69
Butler 53

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana


Game recap by Louisville:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Kyle Kuric scored 17 points and Chris Smith had 15, leading No. 8 Louisville to a 69-53 victory Saturday at Butler.

The Cardinals (3-0) were the highest-ranked team to play at Hinkle Fieldhouse since No. 5 North Carolina visited Indianapolis in 1992.

Butler (1-2) was led by Khyle Marshall with 20 points and Chase Stigall, who scored all 11 of his points in the first half.

The Bulldogs led almost the entire first half, but after Louisville took a 29-28 halftime lead on Jared Swopshire's driving layup with 2.4 seconds left, the Cardinals dominated the second half.

They scored the first five points, making it 34-28, went on an 11-2 run to wipe out Butler's 41-40 lead and sealed it with Kuric's third 3-pointer, which made it 61-47.

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Doron Lamb Leads Kentucky in Beatdown of Penn State


(2) Kentucky 85
Penn State 47

Final from Uncasville, Connecticut


The second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats scored early and often as they rolled to an eye-opening 85-47 thrashing of Penn State in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.

Doron Lamb led Kentucky (3-0) with a game-high 26 points on 8-13 shooting. Kyle Wiltjer, who earned 28 minutes off the bench, added 19 points. Terrence Jones chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

The Wildcats won by 38 points, despite subpar scoring performances from Anthony Davis and Darius Miller. Davis scored just 3 points and Miller failed to score.

Kentucky was 28-53 (52.8%) from the field and 10-20 (50%) from the three-point line.

Tim Frazier had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Penn State (3-1). Ross Travis contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.

The Wildcats will battle Old Dominion in Sunday's championship game. That game is scheduled for Noon and will be televised on ESPNU.

Barack Obama to Host Fundraising Exhibition Game


President Obama plans to host a fundraising game on December 12 in Washington, D.C.

Former University of Kentucky stars John Wall, Brandon Knight and Jamal Mashburn are among the players who have been invited to participate.

Here is more from The Washington Post:

Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Chris Bosh, Blake Griffin and Wizards guard John Wall are among the players who have committed to play, according to the Obama campaign Web site. Tickets for the first “Obama Classic” start at $100 and courtside seats can be purchased for $5,000.

Proceeds from the game will go to the Obama Victory Fund to support the president’s 2012 reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said both the venue and Obama’s participation in the event have yet to be determined.


President Obama to host exhibition game in Washington

University of the Cumberlands Holds Off IU Southeast

University of the Cumberlands 70
Indiana University Southeast 65

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky


University of the Cumberlands improved to 6-0 with a 70-65 victory over Indiana University Southeast on Friday night.

Here's a video recap:



Box Score

NKU Opens Game with 40-3 Run, Hammers Lane


Northern Kentucky 100
Lane (Tenn.) 57

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky


Game recap by NKU:

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – This one was over in a hurry.

Northern Kentucky University ran out to a 40-3 lead Friday night and rolled to a 100-57 win over Lane (Tenn.) in the John L. Griffin/Lions Club Classic. The Norse (2-0) completely dominated from start to finish and reached the 100-point plateau for the second straight game.

Jon Van Hoose scored 19 points to lead NKU. The senior guard was 5-for-8 from 3-point range in 22 minutes of action. DeAndre Nealy (left) added all 16 of his points in the first half for the Norse, who held Lane (0-1) to 20 percent shooting from the field in the first half.

Lane started the game 1-for-23 from the field as NKU bolted out to a 40-3 lead with 6:38 left in the half. The Dragons went more than 12 minutes between their first and second field goals in the first half.

By the time Lane made its second field goal, a jumper by Tony Payne with 5:22 left on the clock, NKU owned a 42-7 lead. The Norse took a 48-20 advantage into the locker room and cruised in the second half.

“We shared the basketball and had some really good looks, and when we do that, we're going to shoot a high percentage,” NKU head coach Dave Bezold said of his team's 57.4 percent shooting from the field.

Chad Jackson dished out seven assists and grabbed eight rebounds for the Norse, who finished with 26 assists as a team. NKU was 11-for-21 from 3-point range and led the entire way.

Jalen Billups scored 16 points for NKU, while Eshaunte Jones added 10. Billups netted six points in the first four minutes as the Norse grabbed a 12-2 lead.

Complete Recap

Eastern Kentucky Wins on Road at Liberty


Eastern Kentucky 73
Liberty 65

Final from Lynchburg, Virginia


Game recap by EKU:

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Senior Joshua Jones scored a team-high 15 points and the Colonels converted eight key free throws down the stretch as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team held on to defeat host Liberty, 73-65, on Friday night at the Vines Center.

The game was part of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

EKU (2-2) shot 47 (27-of-57) percent from the field and a season-high 45 percent (10-of-22) from three point range, as six different Colonels connected from behind the arc. EKU’s perimeter defense, meanwhile, stifled Liberty (2-2) to 18 percent (2-of-11) shooting from deep.

Senior Jaron Jones and freshman Eric Stutz both tallied 14 points in the win, while juniors Mike DiNunno and D’Mitri Riggs and freshman Timmy Knipp all contributed eight points. Sophomore Jeff Johnson only scored three points, but played a huge role as he came off the bench to spell Stutz and finished the night with team highs in rebounds (8) and assists (5).

Jesse Sanders and David Minaya paced Liberty with 19 points apiece.

After hitting just one three-pointer in its last game at Presbyterian, EKU knocked down its first three on Friday night, as Joshua Jones, Knipp and senior Jeff Allgood all connected from deep in the first five minutes of the game to give the Colonels an 11-8 lead at the initial media timeout.

Complete Recap

I Hate You Time Warner Cable

I have never had a problem logging into ESPN3.com. Being a Time Warner Cable customer, I am required to log into TWC before I can access ESPN3.

Today, when the Kentucky Wildcats are on ESPN3 exclusively, I get this message from TWC:



Luckily, my guys over at NationofBlue.com have an alternate way to watch the game. That being said, I hate you Time Warner Cable. If you have another option in your area, take it.

Antoine Walker is Coming to Lexington Soon


Former University of Kentucky star Antoine Walker posted on Twitter tonight that he is returning to Lexington on November 26.

WalkerAntoine8 #bbn I will be in Lexington to watch the wildcats in action November 26 can't wait to see the cats in action !!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

DeMarcus Cousins Visits Jesus Prom at Southland Christian Church


Former University of Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins made an appearance at "Jesus Prom" tonight.

The Jesus Prom is an annual themed event held by Southland Christian Church for physically and/or mentally challenged adults.

ManleyDad13 Jesus Prom is the place to be. Ask Demarcus Cousins!! http://twitpic.com/7g2ne2

ClaireNovak DeMarcus Cousins is here at #jesusprom! Super cool for a UK baller to spend his Friday pm with people w/ special needs @southlandcc

Anthony Hickey, LSU Pull Away from Western Kentucky


Louisiana State 76
Western Kentucky 57

Final from Charleston, South Carolina


Game recap by WKU:

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Kevin Kaspar and Nigel Snipes had 15 and 13 points Friday against LSU, respectively, but the Hilltoppers scored just 19 second-half points and a two-point halftime deficit turned into a 76-57 LSU win in the second round of the 2011 DirecTV Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.

The loss is WKU's third in the first four games of the season, and LSU improves to 2-2 with the win.

Kaspar was 6-for-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range in leading WKU in scoring for the first time in his career. Snipes turned in his second double-digit scoring performance of the tournament with 13 points against LSU, and O'Karo Akamune led the Hilltoppers with seven rebounds and three blocked shots. LSU was paced by Anthony Hickey's 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Justin Hamilton also added 18 and nine for the Tigers.

WKU shot 32.7 percent from the field in the game, which fell from nearly 40 percent at halftime after going 7-for-25 (.280) in the second half. The Hilltoppers made just one three-pointer in 12 second-half tries and were 5-of-24 from beyond the arc in the game. The Tigers were 26-for-63 from the floor during Friday's game (.413).

The game started with LSU converting four technical foul free throws, two on an administrative technical on the WKU bench and two more 21 seconds after tip-off after WKU head coach Ken McDonald was whistled for a technical. After that, however, the Hilltopper defense got into its rhythm, forcing LSU to miss its first eight shot attempts and scoring the next 12 points offensively to jump out to a 12-4 lead on a Derrick Gordon jumper with 12:40 left in the first half.

LSU began to claw back, and neither team led by more than five points once the first-half clock ducked under the 10-minute mark. The Tigers took a 40-38 lead into halftime, causing the Hilltoppers to face their fourth halftime deficit in four games this season.

The first half featured seven ties and eight lead changes. Snipes had 11 points off the bench to lead all scorers, and Kaspar added eight thanks in part to two three-pointers. Hamilton, Hickey and Ralston Turner all had eight first-half points for the Tigers.

Complete Recap

Centre College Nets Overtime Win in Cincinnati


Centre College 92
John Carroll College 91 F/OT

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio


Game recap by Centre:

Tied at 88-88 in overtime, the Centre College men's basketball team scored four of the final seven points to finish with a 92-91 win over John Carroll University Friday, Nov. 18 in the Mount St. Joseph Tip-off Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Blue Streaks built a 10-point lead (18-8) at the 13:10 mark in the first half, but the Colonels used a 18-2 run to take a 26-20 lead with 8:31 to play in the opening period.

John Carroll (0-1) answered with a 12-2 run to go back in front and would eventually take a 39-36 lead into halftime.

The Blue Streaks scored the first seven points of the second half for its second 10-point lead of the game, but once again Centre fought back.

With 11:48 to play, junior guard Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) hit a three to give the Colonels a 54-53 lead.

The lead changed hands three more times in regulation. With 1:56 left Joe Meyer hit a three to give John Carroll a two-point lead (74-72). The Blue Streaks held that lead until the final two seconds of the game when senior Greg Ross (Cincinnati, Ohio) hit a lay up to tie the game and force overtime.

Complete Recap

Video: John Calipari on the Scott Van Pelt Show

Here is Kentucky head coach John Calipari on the Scott Van Pelt Show earlier today:

Video: John Calipari on SportsCenter with John Buccigross

Here is University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari's appearance on SportsCenter this afternoon:

West Virginia Tech is Leaving the Mid-South Conference


West Virginia University Institute of Technology officials have informed the Mid-South Conference that the school is leaving the conference effective June 30, 2012.

Here is a release from the conference:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- West Virginia University Institute of Technology officials informed the Mid-South Conference commissioner's office on Thursday that the school would be leaving the conference effective June 30, 2012.

West Virginia Tech will continue its association with the NAIA as an independent member and will seek full membership into the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in 2012-13. Tech is currently a provisional member of the association.

"We are obviously disappointed but we understand and wish West Virginia Tech, its administration and its student-athletes all the best in the future," MSC Commissioner Steve Baker said. "It has truly been a pleasure working the entire West Virginia Tech institution and its athletic department during their time in the Mid-South."

West Virginia Tech joined the MSC at the beginning of the 2006-07 academic year as a full member.

"We are grateful to the Mid-South Conference and its member institutions for the six years that we have spent in the league," Tech Athletics Director Frank Pergolizzi said. "The MSC is an outstanding conference comprised of outstanding academic and athletic institutions. We will miss the friendships and the great competition."

Pergolizzi said the decision to pursue NCAA and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference membership at a later date is a separate issue and still an option.

With West Virginia Tech's departure, the Mid-South Conference will have 11 full-time members at the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. Bluefield College and Cumberland University were accepted as full members for 2012-13 last summer. Thirteen institutions sponsor football in the two-division MSC.

Source

Morehead State Overwhelms Asbury in Home Opener


Morehead State University 100
Asbury University 48

Final from Morehead, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Sophomore Drew Kelly and junior Milton Chavis combined for 31 points and 23 rebounds in just 38 total minutes to power the Morehead State men’s basketball team to a 100-48 victory over Asbury (Ky.) on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.

Kelly, who became eligible last December after transferring from Miami University, finished with a game-best 17 points and 10 rebounds. Chavis, who recently transferred from Kilgore College, added his first MSU double-double with 14 points and a game-high 13 boards.

The Division I Eagles improve to 1-2 on the season, while the NAIA Eagles slip to 3-4 overall.

“I’m pleased with the win,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “We hit the glass hard tonight and played good defense. Our press was better and our athleticism wore on Asbury.”

Kelly and Chavis led five MSU players in double figures. Senior Terrance Hill tallied 13 points in the win, while senior Ty Proffitt and sophomore Dionte Ferguson contributed 12 apiece.

Morehead State posted advantages of 55-36 in rebounds, 19-13 in assists, 52-12 in paint points, 42-9 in points off turnovers, 22-11 in fast break points and 53-13 in bench points.

MSU also recorded 24 steals on 30 AU turnovers, while allowing only five steals on 13 miscues.

Complete Recap

Murray State Hammers Tennessee Temple


Murray State 83
Tennessee Temple 41

Final from Murray, Kentucky


Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers defeated Tennessee Temple 83-41 Thursday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky., marking their best start since the beginning of the 2003-04 season at 3-0.

Isaiah Canaan scored 16 points and Donte Poole 15 to help the Racers win their 13th straight non-conference home game and ninth overall.

MSU secured its third win of the season with outstanding defense.

After leading 19-17 in the first 10 minutes of the half, the Racers locked down on the Crusaders and finished the half holding them to seven points on only five more shot attempts.

Canaan hit one of his three three-pointers on the night at the 4:00 mark and the Racers led 38-22 and had a 46-24 advantage at the half.

MSU continued with some hot offense in the second half in getting a pair of threes from Poole and Canaan for a 17-4 run and a commanding 63-28 lead with 14:00 remaining.

One aspect of the game was Murray State's experience of defending 7-1 center John Reik who led Tennessee Temple with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

“He was very good tonight,” MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm said. “You take away his baskets and we held them to 8-of-30 for the game, and fortunately we forced 16 turnovers in the first half. We did a better job from start to finish (on defense) in Baltimore, but I wanted to make sure our guys were prepared and locked in for Tennessee Temple as we head into a five game road trip.”

After Canaan and Poole, the Racers had three others in double-figure scoring with 12 each from Ed Daniel and Zay Jackson and 11 from Jewuan Long.

Complete Recap

Kentucky's White Boy Academy Hits New York

I can't get enough of Kentucky basketball's "White Boy Academy." In their latest adventure, Jarrod Polson and Kyle Wiltjer represent WBA in New York:

John Calipari to Appear on SportsCenter This Afternoon


John Calipari posted on Twitter this morning that he will be appearing on ESPN SportsCenter at 1:40 p.m. ET this afternoon.

Here is Calipari's Tweet:

UKCoachCalipari Headed to @espn with our team for practice, lunch and a tour of the campus. Looks like I'll be on SportsCenter at 1:40 pm ET. #WeAreUK

Trinity Tops High School Coaches' Top 25 Poll


The Courier-Journal has revealed the high school basketball Coaches' Top 25 for the upcoming season.

Louisville Trinity tops the poll with 72 first-place votes. They are followed by Louisville Ballard and Scott County.

Bullitt East and Rowan County complete the top five.

COACHES’ TOP 25 TEAMS from the C.J.

Team Region ’10-’11 (First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Trinity (72) Seventh 21-8
2. Ballard (9) Seventh 29-4
3. Scott County (13) 11th 23-6
4. Bullitt East (5) Sixth 30-6
5. Rowan County (1) 16th 30-6
6. Pleasure Ridge Park Sixth 21-9
7. Moore (1) Sixth 23-7
8. Dixie Heights (1) Ninth 29-4
9. Henry Clay 11th 20-11
10. Madison Central 11th 22-10
11. Lexington Catholic 11th 27-8
12. Eastern Seventh 33-3
13. Muhlenberg County (1) Third 24-6
14. Jeffersontown (1) Sixth 25-7
15. Perry County Central 14th 25-6
16. Central Seventh 15-10
17. Glasgow Fourth 18-8
18. Marshall County First 28-7
19. Pulaski County 12th 26-7
20. Bryan Station 11th 14-14
21. Montgomery County 10th 15-15
22. Bardstown Fifth 24-5
23. Christian County Second 25-9
24. North Hardin Fifth 17-12
25. Hopkinsville Second 16-7

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Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari Talks Penn State and More


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Saturday's game against Penn State (transcript via UK):

On the value of taking a long trip …
“The issue became that it is a Saturday afternoon game, which means we would do a two in the morning or three in the morning flight, get back at five and leave to get back up here either Thursday night or miss class on Friday and that is why we stayed. We didn’t want to put them through that kind of travel. We wanted to get them a day off so we took the day off today with one day off a week schedule. Now we have to get back after it, we get up to Connecticut today and work on what we are going to do offensively. Right now we made some strides offensively, we do break down to block shots and do those things, we did get outrebounded yesterday. We had a couple of turnovers early in the second half, but we didn’t have really any after that.”

On the play of Marquis Teague …
“He has done everything a guard I have brought into the (Madison Square) Garden has done. You know it is like all of a sudden you forget about what you have to do for the team and you start to do your own thing. That happened to Derrick (Rose), John (Wall) and you think about Brandon (Knight) early who had eight turnovers against Washington and five against Connecticut. He averaged 13 in two games and so that was early in the season and that is going to happen when you play the way we play and that guy has his hands on the ball a lot.”

On Penn State …
“They’re good. I mean they have won a bunch of games here. They do a good job at running their offense, as a matter of fact they run some stuff similar to what we are doing. They do a nice little job of throwing stuff at you, and they bring some press at you. We need to really perform to be able to do this. I had no idea how we would play against Kansas. I was right in what I thought and we came out the same way verses Marist. We need to understand that every opponent is a worthy opponent, especially because they are playing us and playing out of their minds.”

On how the team’s performance is a reflection of a team in November …
“That’s probably as much as it is. I told you guys this, I want it to be easy but I walked off the floor after the Kansas game and said well this will be another grind. A lot of times you try to analyze and put the players in the best position to succeed as well as get minutes for everyone to play. You need to have guys, because you never know what is going to happen throughout the season. Last year we didn’t have this much, but we do now, so we have to get the guys on the floor to get minutes.”

On the best thing he saw from his team against Kansas …
“I like our will to win, you know the first part of the game we shot all jumpers and I didn’t want this to be that way. Most teams are going to do that to us, they want to get physical and not let us run up and down the court. We hope that they foul us, and be physical, which is the game plan against us.”

On how teams will scheme to prevent UK from transitioning …
“They want to make us play half-court traditionally. And people who watch my team historically, if we are winning a nine or 10 point game, we will be grinding it out. That’s the reason we play the way we play so that we will be fine if we play that way. All I know is you better score because if not we will be flying back on the rebound. We are a pretty good defensive team, and I think when the other team changes the way they play then we are winning. We just need to be more aggressive and make plays, now like you said we needed a half-court game, but we still stretched out the lead.”

On the play of Darius Miller …
“He played well. He did fine. What happened to us in the first half was we were not getting involved. When Doron (Lamb) is at point guard, you’re trying to get everyone involved and what Darius did in the second half when they went zone, we put him in the slot and told him to let it fly kid and he took his shots and made them. Now defensively and rebounding, he needs to get those tough balls. Terrence (Jones) and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) got in there and got some tough rebounds too. I thought he did well though, he did well.”

On Terrence Jones being the go-to guy … “You can’t go to a guy who can’t make free throws. I have had players that shoot 25 percent from the line that want the ball and I said you’re not going to (get it) because they will make you shoot free throws. What I told the guys yesterday, we need to explore what block they were going to and we needed to expose it. Terrence then went physically after it as well as Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist) sometimes and Kyle (Wiltjer) when he’s in there. We took away some lobs and the skip pass, and then we used it on them. We had it there the whole game but Doron would over penetrate and didn’t skip it out. We need to do a better job of recognizing it and using the pick and role.”

On shot-blocking as a learned skill …
“Well it starts with being long-armed and you can’t be a shot blocker by going up before he releases it. Marcus Camby texted me after the game, and I asked if he watched the game. He said ‘I watch every one of your games.’ I asked if Anthony (Davis) looked like a young Camby and he laughed and said ‘yeah.’ I then joked and said he shoots better though.”

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Bellarmine Holds Off Wayne State on the Road


(1) Bellarmine 82
Wayne State 70

Final from Detroit, Michigan


Game recap by BU:

DETROIT—The No. 1 Bellarmine University men's basketball team survived a scare from Wayne State University tonight, overcoming a 19-point first half deficit to post a 92-80 victory in an NCAA Division II non-conference contest at Matthaei Gymnasium.

From the opening tip, the Warriors came out on fire and opened up a 19-point lead on the Knights over the game's first 12:08 as Wayne State connected on their first nine 3-point attempts and finished 10-11 from long range in the first half.

Bellarmine, showing the resiliency that earned them the national championship a year ago, dug in and trimmed the lead to just eight at the half as freshman Ryan Burton came off the bench and nailed two crucial 3-pointers.

“We played with phenomenal poise tonight,” said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport.

Sophomore Keisten Jones, who scored a career high 17 in tonight's game agreed. “In the first half, they came out hitting every three after three after three,” Jones said. "The poise about our team was that we knew what we had to do, and we got the job done. Coach told us in the huddle, 'Let's cut it to eight at the half, get the ball back, and come out and play Bellarmine basketball.'"

Complete Recap

Tulsa Beats Western Kentucky in Charleston Classic


Tulsa 65
Western Kentucky 49

Final from Charleston, South Carolina


Game recap by WKU:

CHARLESTON, S.C. — WKU could not overcome a cold-shooting second half despite a solid defensive effort overall and lost a 65-49 decision to Tulsa in the first game of the 2011 DirecTV Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday. The loss drops the Hilltoppers to 1-2 on the season, and Tulsa improves to 3-0.

Kahlil McDonald had 13 points to lead WKU, all of which came in the first half. Nigel Snipes added 10, and Kene Anyigbo had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Derrick Gordon led WKU with 9 rebounds, four on the offensive glass.

Kodi Maduka turned in a dominating performance for the Golden Hurricane, leading all scorers with 16 points and also adding 7 rebounds and 7 blocks. Former WKU player D.J. Magley had 12 rebounds for Tulsa, and the Golden Hurricane outrebounded WKU in the game, 49-38. The Hilltoppers shot 26.9 percent (18-67) from the field in 40 minutes and went 8-for-34 (.235) in the second half.

WKU led 7-2 in the early part of the game after Tulsa made two free throws to open things up, and the Hilltoppers were on top 14-10 with just over eight minutes gone by after McDonald hit a three-pointer. That shot marked five-straight points for WKU, but Tulsa then proceeded to go on an 11-0 run to take a 21-14 lead with eight minutes left in the half.

Another McDonald triple and a layup by Kevin Kaspar cut the Tulsa advantage to six at 25-19, but the Golden Hurricane scored the next six points and ultimately took a 38-25 lead into the halftime locker room.

Complete Recap

Larry Vaught Talks UK Basketball With Dick "Hoops" Weiss

Larry Vaught of the Danville Advocate-Messenger recently caught up with Dick "Hoops" Weiss of The New York Daily News.

Here is Weiss talking about Kentucky basketball and John Calipari:

 

No. 17 St. Catharine Takes Care of Carroll College


(17) St. Catharine College 81
Carroll College 74

Final from Helena, Montana


Brandon Johnson caught fire to lead No. 17 St. Catharine College to an 81-74 victory over home standing Carroll College in the Carroll College Classic in Helena, Montana.

Johnson finished with a game-high 32 points on 9-15 shooting. DeShawn Mitchell added 12 points and Delonte Taylor chipped in 11.

Tony Dalton led Carroll College with 19 points.

St. Catharine returns to action on Thursday night against NCAA D2 school Adams State.

My main man, Ty "Popcorn" Johnson became our first player/reporter and provided some special coverage for the site. Check out his interviews below.

Box Score:

St. Catharine (Ky) 46 35 – 81
Carroll College 36 38 – 74

St. Catharine – DeShawn Mitchell 3-8 6-6 12, Brandon Johnson 9-15 6-6 32, Kashiff Carr 0-4 3-6 3, Delonte Taylor 4-5 0-0 11, Fateen Belfield 0-1 0-0 0, Terrence Withers 3-8 2-2 9, Tommy Boyce 0-2 0-0 0, Kevin Kornegay 2-2 0-0 5, Adam Decker 0-1 0-1 0, Stefan Pope 3-4 3-4 9; Team 24-50 20-25 81.

Carroll – Tony Dalton 8-12 2-5 19, Andy Garland 5-9 3-3 13, Jordan Weirick 3-10 3-4 10, Chris McGrath 0-1 0-0 0, Byago Diouf 3-6 1-2 8, Ben Cutler 4-6 1-2 13, Chase Godecke 1-1 2-3 4, Renan Custodio 1-1 0-0 2, Nick Jones 2-8 1-2 5.

3-pointers – SC 13-29 (Johnson 8, Taylor 3), CC 7 (Cutler 4); Rebounds – SC 26 (Johnson 6), CC 27 (Diouf 9); Assists – SC 10 (Decker 4), CC 13 (Weirick 5).

Popcorn catches up with Brandon Johnson after the game:



Head coach J.T. Burton talks about the win:



Happy birthday Coach!

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Bill Self: Kentucky Could Be Top Team in Nation


Kansas head coach Bill Self was very impressed by the University of Kentucky team that defeated his Jayhawks on Tuesday night.

Self said the Wildcats have the talent to be the best team in the country and have a real shot at the 2012 national title.

Here is an excerpt of Self's comments:

“We’ve played two teams that would rival them from a talent standpoint — one would be Memphis, and one would be Florida,” Self said Wednesday on his Hawk Talk radio show.

The Jayhawks downed eventual national champion Florida, 82-80, in overtime on Nov. 25, 2006, in Las Vegas, and toppled Memphis, 75-68, in overtime in the 2008 NCAA title game.

“You are looking at maybe four lottery picks,” Self added of UK’s Terrence Jones, Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and/or Doron Lamb.

“If they keep getting better, they have a chance to be the best team in the country,” Self added. “From a raw-talent standpoint, even the Carolina team we faced in the Final Four with (Ty) Lawson, (Wayne) Ellington, (Tyler) Hansbrough and Danny Green ... this Kentucky team may even be superior to that. That’s some hard-rocking dudes. They have a real shot (at 2012 national title).”


Bill Self: UK could be top team

Rick Pitino Talks Career Wins, Coach K and More

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was on with Bruce Pearl, Jeff Goodman and Mark Packer on SXM College Sports Nation recently.

Click the image below to listen to Pitino talk about career wins, Coach K and his Louisville Cardinals:

Kentucky Basketball Team to Visit ESPN on Friday


The Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari will be visiting the ESPN complex on Friday.

Here's more from ESPN.com:

“As viewers know, we regularly have coaches and athletes visit our headquarters to appear on our outlets and programs,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN’s director of programming and acquisitions.

“With Kentucky playing in the area this week/weekend, it worked out for them to make a stop in Bristol on Friday. We look forward to having them on-campus. Hopefully, they enjoy a behind the scenes look at ESPN.”

“We’re looking forward to being on the ESPN Campus,” said Calipari, who recalls making the drive from Amherst, Mass. to Bristol during his days at UMass.

“We’re excited to be in the studio and meet all the personalities. Our players grew up on ESPN and it’s a big deal to them and our staff. When I used to come there, it was a couple of trailers and a dish!”


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Kashiff Carr Named MSC Player of the Week


I missed this earlier in the week, but St. Catharine College's Kashiff Carr was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is the release from the MSC:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- St. Catharine College's Kashiff Carr is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

This week's award is the first of the 2011-12 season.

Carr posted a pair of 30-plus point games to help the No. 17-ranked Patriots to wins over two teams receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches' Top-25 Poll.

The Philadelphia, Pa., senior forward poured in 37 points while grabbing seven rebounds in the Patriots' 107-103 home win over Life (Ga.) University last Monday.

Carr closed out the week with a 32-point, seven-rebound performance in an 87-74 win over visiting Cumberland (Tenn.) University to avenge the Patriots only loss of the season.

For the week, Carr connected on 52.9 percent (18-of-34) of his shots from the field, including three for seven (42.9 percent) from deep. He made 30 of his 37 free throw attempts for 81.1 percent.

Carr leads St. Catharine in scoring averaging 29 points per game. He is second on the team averaging 6.7 rebounds per game.

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Ohio Valley Conference Rejects Northern Kentucky University


The Ohio Valley Conference will not invite Northern Kentucky University to join the league.

According to reports, eight of 11 OVC presidents supported the invitation but others were concerned the move would "threaten the league's competitive balance."

Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Murray State were all in favor of accepting NKU.

Here is more from Cincinnati.com:

"They talk about balance being an OVC principle," Votruba said. "That was threatening, I think, to some of the universities."

OVC schools apparently had concerns about whether NKU's lack of a football program - which loses significant dollars at nearly all colleges - and the new Bank of Kentucky Center would give it too big an advantage over other OVC schools.

Votruba said NKU has gotten "a great deal of interest" from both the Atlantic Sun and Summit League conferences. Travel will be a concern, but NKU teams already travel as far away as Missouri in the Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference.


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UK Officially Welcomes Cauley, Goodwin and Poythress


The University of Kentucky and head coach John Calipari have officially announced the signings for 2012 recruits Willie Cauley, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress.

Calipari posted on Twitter this morning:

UKCoachCalipari #BBN Welcome our 2012 signees @cauley35 @A1Laflare10 @AlexTheGreat22 to the Wildcat family. #WeAreUK #Lafamilia

Here is the announcement from UK:

Willie Cauley is Calipari’s first 7-foot signee at UK. The Olathe, Kan., native is a senior at Northwest High School where he averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. Cauley is ranked the 10th best center in the country by Scout.com and ESPNU Recruiting and the sixth best by Rivals.com. He ranks 20th overall by Scout, while ESPNU Recruiting has him at 32nd and Rivals ranks him 39th. He also stars on the football field, catching 57 passes for 1,140 yards and 14 touchdowns through nine games in 2011 as a wide receiver.

“At 7-feet tall, Willie has great feet and great hands,” Calipari said. “He’s a wide receiver on the football team. When he starts zeroing in on this sport, I think people are going to be surprised at how good he really is. He’s got his best basketball ahead of him.”

Archie Goodwin a 6-foot-4 guard from Little Rock, Ark., is in his senior year at Sylvan Hills High School where he averaged 28.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as a junior. Goodwin, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas, is currently ranked as the second best shooting guard in the country and 12th overall by Rivals.com. Scout.com ranks him the third best shooting guard and 13th overall, while ESPNU Recruiting has Goodwin as the fourth best shooting guard and also 13th overall.

“Archie is a combo guard who can really score the ball,” Calipari said. “I love his athleticism and length. He plays kind of like Tyreke Evans, but can shoot it more consistent at this stage in his career than Tyreke could.”

Alex Poythress, a 6-7 forward from Clarksville, Tenn. is a senior at Northeast High School where he has played all five positions at different times. As a junior, Poythress averaged 22.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists en route to being named a finalist for Mr. Basketball honors in Tennessee. Scout.com ranks Poythress 16th overall in the class of 2012 and the No. 3 small forward. ESPNU Recruiting has him 17th overall and No. 4 at his position, while Rivals.com ranks him 19th overall and No. 8 at his position.

“When Alex is at his best, because of his size and athleticism, he’s as good as anybody in the country,” Calipari said. “He is really athletic, and when he’s got his motor running, he can score at will.”

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No. 1 Pikeville Wins Heated Battle Over No. 2 Mountain State


(1) Pikeville 98
(2) Mountain State 93

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky


Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Top-ranked University of Pikeville used a 20-3 run in the middle of the second half to beat No. 2 Mountain State University 98-93 Wednesday night in front of 2,521 at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Pikeville (6-0) went on the run after the Cougars ran off a 26-3 outburst early in the frame.

Mountain State fell to 4-3 with its third consecutive loss.

The game ended without either head coach after an incident that occurred with 6:20 to play. With UPike leading 72-69, senior Jamar Board – a transfer from Mountain State – was called for a foul. A brief skirmish broke out when the fouled player, Cougar junior Devon Peterson, threw the ball at Board.

After the incident, Peterson was ejected and each team had a player assessed a technical foul. As the officials explained their calls to the head coaches, words were exchanged which led to another small mixup. After the officials sorted out the situation, both coaches were ejected.

When action resumed, Mountain State made one of three free throws while the Bears nailed theirs, stretching the lead to 74-70.

That came in the middle of Pikeville's 20-3 run. Board sank two free throws nine seconds later and then scored on a layup with 5:40 to play to make it an eight-point lead (78-70).

Complete recap

Some Thoughts:

- Mountain State's Devon Peterson was noticeably losing his temper several minutes before the ugly incident occurred in the second half. This is the second time I've watched Mountain State this season (also against Morehead State) and Peterson has picked up two technical fouls and been ejected for allegedly throwing a punch.

- From my vantage point, Peterson took exception to a personal foul and decided to throw the ball at Pikeville's Jamar Board. He then allegedly threw a punch which led to his ejection. At that point, both coaching stuffs and the officials did an outstanding job of getting all players off the court and diffusing the situation.

- After a brief delay to sort out the initial incident, there was a meeting between the officials and coaches at the scoring table. During that meeting, another scuffle occurred which led to a chaotic shoving match involving most everyone from both teams.

- When things calmed down, it was announced that Peterson and both head coaches were ejected from the game. Peterson was also given a personal foul. Personal fouls were also assessed to Pikeville's Jamar Board and Chris Watson. Mountain State then shot three free throws, making one. Pikeville's Setty shot two on the other end, making both. At that point, Pikeville led 74-70.

- Setty had 30 points for Pikeville; Board, who transferred to UPIKE from Mountain State, added 29.

- Lost in the shuffle (or perhaps I should say scuffle) was Watson's crazy dunk on 7'2" David Nyarsuk (see below).

- Kudos to the UPIKE fans; the official attendance was 2,521 and the environment was great. I could have survived without things like the picture below, but the students were really into the game and deserve an assist for helping the Bears pick up a huge win.




- The two teams have a rematch scheduled for December 6 in Beckley, West Virginia. Yes, please.

A brawl broke out in the second half:



And a second scuffle:



And the best dunk you'll see this week:

Geno Auriemma: "Coach Calipari is an amusing guy"


Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma was asked to give his thoughts on Kentucky head coach John Calipari at a press conference on Tuesday.

Here are Auriemma's comments:

"Coach Calipari is an amusing guy, an amusing guy," Geno said. "You ask people around the country 'what's up with Cal?' and they'll say, 'that's just Cal, that is what he is.

"It is ironic that he is coming up to New England. He is not playing at UMass, he is not playing at UConn, he is playing at Mohegan Sun where the Indians are. Back in the day, they fleeced the Indians and we got Manhattan. I can only imagine what Cal is going to walk out of there with."

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Former UK Players A.J. Stewart and Donald Williams Team Up Again


Former University of Kentucky players Donald Williams and A.J. Stewart are teammates once again.

Williams and Stewart have landed at Rogers State University, an NAIA school in northeastern Oklahoma.

After three games, Williams is averaging 12.7 points per game and is shooting 50% (8-16) from long range. Stewart is putting in 12.3 points and pulling down 7.3 rebounds per game.

The Hillcats are 3-0 and currently ranked No. 11 in that nation.

From the head coach:

Barkley on Williams: “Donald has two years remaining coming from Ole Miss. I feel he could be one of our better shooters on our team. Two years ago in junior college he shot over 40 percent from the 3-point line. Anytime you can find a guard that can shoot in the forty percent range or higher you try to scoop them up.”

Barkley on Stewart: A.J. can bring a level of athleticism at that position that we lacked at the position a year ago. Coming from the Division I ranks he brings a level of toughness that we possessed a year ago.”

Rogers State Roster:

UK, Morehead State to Play in 2012 Barclays Center Classic


Kentucky will battle Maryland in the inaugural Barclays Center Classic next season in Brooklyn, New York.

In the event's other game, the Morehead State Eagles will face LIU.

Here's more from Boston.com:

Kentucky will face Maryland in the featured game on ESPN, along with Morehead State against LIU.

Kentucky coach John Calipari, Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark were on hand for the announcement.

No. 2 Kentucky defeated No. 12 Kansas 75-65 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

"We've played in the Garden and now we're going to be playing in Brooklyn," Calipari said. "We appreciate the opportunity. We will bring 10, 12,000 fans, maybe more. They'll overrun the building."


Barclays hoops classic gets Kentucky vs Maryland

Video: John Calipari Talks About Win Over Kansas

Here is University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari talking to the media after last night's win over Kansas:

Bob Knight Drinks Beer on the Job?

Is that a beer in Bob Knight's hand during a live broadcast? Tea? Apple juice? Budweiser? You decide:



HT: TheCardinalConnect.com

EKU Signs 2012 Guard Dominique Hagans


Eastern Kentucky University has officially sign 6-3 guard Dominique Hagans from Southeastern Illinois College.

Hagans played high school basketball at Lafayette High School in Lexington.

Here is the release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball head coach Jeff Neubauer has announced that guard Dominique Hagans signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Colonels in 2012-13.

Hagans, a 6-3 guard from Lexington, Ky., is currently enrolled at Southeastern Illinois College, under head basketball coach Joshua Ervin.

“Dominique is another local product who will have a positive impact on our program,” Neubauer said. “It is always a great thing to have young men from the Commonwealth join the EKU basketball family. Dominique’s family played a major role in his decision to come home to EKU. He has great speed, plays very unselfishly, and is the type of young man and player who makes everyone around him better.”

In 2010-11, Hagans was named the Great Rivers Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. The guard finished second on the team in scoring (16.4 ppg) while ranking among the junior college national leaders in both steals (3.0 spg) and assists (5.5 apg). He was recently rated the 53rd best junior college player by Rivals Juco Junction.

Hagans graduated from Lafayette High where he helped lead the Generals to a 22-7 overall record and the 11th Region championship game in 2010.

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Georgetown College Nets Road Win at Park University


Georgetown College 95
Park University 85

Final from Parkville, Missouri


Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball played outside the friendly confines of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym for the first time and got the same result - a win. The Tigers (6-0) traveled to Park University in Kansas and picked up a 95-85 victory.

Maurice Pearson led the way with his fourth double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds. The rest of the team got 18 boards total.

Four other GC players notched double figures - Garel Craig had 18, Johonne Hamilton 15 and Anthony Crater and Josh Lockett each had 10. Park's (3-4) Melvin Gatson led all-scorers with 26 points.

Georgetown led by 17 at the half and then weathered the Pirates 55 point second half effort.

This was the second meeting between these two teams. The Tigers won the first 82-67.

"It's good to get a road win under our belt," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "It is always difficult playing on the road. We've been fortunate to open with five home games this season, but now must grow and develop over this next period of road tests."

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Devonta Pollard Reportedly Cuts Kentucky From List


According to an article by Gene Swindoll of Scout.com, 2012 star Devonta Pollard has cut Kentucky from his final list of schools.

The article notes a final five of Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas, Georgetown and Missouri.

Here is the article (subscription)

Pollard is a 6-7 small forward from Kemper County (Miss.) High School. He ranks No. 9 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2012.

Photo: Rivals.com

No. 2 Kentucky Too Talented for No. 13 Kansas


(2) Kentucky 75
(11) Kansas 65

Final from New York, New York


The University of Kentucky overcame a sluggish first half to defeat No. 11 Kansas 75-65 at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats opened up the second half on an 11-2 run and never looked back as they held off the less-talented Jayhawks (1-1).

Kentucky (2-0) was led by sophomore Terrence Jones, who had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Doron Lamb added 17 points, including a pair of critical three-pointers that gave the Wildcats some separation on the scoreboard.

Anthony Davis contributed 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 blocks. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague chipped in 12 points each.

Tyshawn Taylor led Kansas with 22 points. Thomas Robinson chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Kentucky was 26-51 (51.0%) from the field while Kansas was just 20-59 (33.9%).

Campbellsville Beats No. 22 Union at the Buzzer


Campbellsville 68
(22) Union University 66

Final from Jackson, Tennessee


Game recap by CU:

JACKSON, Tenn. -- First-year Tiger point guard Cedric Henderson drained a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer to pull Campbellsville University past a No. 22 Union University, 68-66, Tuesday night. It's the third straight year the Tigers have taken down a higher-ranked Union on its home floor.

"Our guys are excited and they should be, but we need to be humble in this win," said Keith Adkins, CU head coach. "We've done this three years in a row, and they (Union) came back and beat us the first two years on our court. We need to make sure that doesn't happen again in January. The only way we do that is to handle this with some humility."

Henderson led all scorers with 15 points and eight assists, including giving the Tigers' their first lead of the night, 7-6. After the Tigers gained the lead they held on for most of the first half. Union gained a 34-33 lead with two minutes left in the first half before Justin Ennis secured a defensive rebound and popped a 3 on the other end to give Campbellsville a 38-35 lead at the break.

The second half was a different story, as Union scored the first five points and pulled ahead by eight, 49-41. The Bulldogs clung to its lead until inside the four-minute mark.

Dennis Harris pulled the Tigers back within one, 60-59, with a pair of free throws with 5:13 remaining. Reggie Smith cleaned up the defensive glass and scored on the other end to put the Tigers back in front, 61-60. Union answered though, and maintained a one-possession lead until Jordan Myers sank a 3 from the right side with a minute left to put the Tigers up 66-64. Skyler Vaden evened the score with a layup and the Bulldogs were looking to regain the lead after a missed 3 by Smith, when Henderson swiped the ball from Giosha Koguashvili with 15 seconds left to give CU the final shot.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Matt Bingaya to Sign with Morehead State on Wednesday


Matt Bingaya, a 6-5 guard from Deleware Hayes High School, plans to sign a National Letter of Intent with Morehead State on Wednesday.

Bingaya, who averaged 21.2 points and 11.2 rebounds last season, will miss his senior season with a knee injury he suffered in an October football game.

Here is more from ThisWeekNews.com:

Delaware Hayes High School senior Matt Bingaya, who will miss the boys basketball season because of a knee injury, plans to sign Wednesday, Nov. 16, with Morehead State in Kentucky.

Morehead State was one of the few Division I colleges that continued to pursue Bingaya after he was injured in a Delaware football game Oct. 7.

At the time he was injured, Bingaya led central Ohio in receptions (43), receiving yards (623) and receiving touchdowns (12).

“Matt had a dislocated kneecap, but when he went for his follow-up (examination) on Oct. 31, the doctor found a fragmented bone in his knee,” Delaware basketball coach Jordan Blackburn said. “Then he went in to have the surgery and remove the bone and the doctor found that he had also torn his (posterior cruciate ligament).”

Bingaya out for season, to sign with Morehead State

Photo: Chris Parker, ThisWeekNews.com

VMI Pulls Away from Alice Lloyd in Second Half


Virginia Military Institute 101
Alice Lloyd College 74

Final from Lexington, Virginia


Game recap by VMI:

LEXINGTON, Va. - The VMI Keydets used a 10-0 run early in the second half to break open a close game and go on to knock off a spirited Alice Lloyd Eagle squad, 101-74, in basketball action Tuesday night at Cameron Hall in Lexington, Va.

In a game that was tied at halftime, 39-39, the Keydets used defensive pressure to force eight turnovers in the first 4:17 of the second half. All of VMI's points in the deciding run came off turnovers, as the Keydets forced 27 ALC miscues and held a 43-8 edge in points off turnovers for the game. Quinton Upshur had five steals in just 19 minutes, pacing the Keydet efforts, while Keith Gabriel had four and Nick Gore grabbed three steals.

Offensively, the Keydets were led by Gabriel, who had 22 points, as the team exploded for 62 second half markers. Freshman Jordan Weethee rebounded from a scoreless first half to score 17 second half points. Gore had 17 markers, Stan Okoye had 19 and Ron Burks filled up the stat sheet with nine points, six rebounds and seven assists.

VMI jumped out to a 6-2 lead early, but ALC responded with an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the night, 10-8. Brandon Hayes had five of the eight points, but VMI quickly answered with a Stan Okoye three-pointer to go ahead once again, 11-10, at the 13:42 mark of the opening half.

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Rupp Arena Task Force Likes MSG Renovation Plan


Several members of the task force who are working to decide the future of Rupp Arena took a tour of Madison Square Garden on Tuesday morning.

MSG will undergo a $1 billion renovation that will occur in three phase. The task force apparently liked what they saw.

Here is an excerpt from Kentucky.com:

The option of reinventing Rupp Arena rather than constructing a new arena in downtown Lexington gained a convert Tuesday.

Builder Ray Ball, a member of a task force charged with recommending a future home for Kentucky basketball, came away from a Tuesday-morning tour of Madison Square Garden convinced that renovation is the option for Lexington and UK to pursue.

"I personally believe that is the direction that makes the most sense," Ball said.

Alex Diaz, general manager of Madison Square Garden, took Ball and five other members of Lexington Mayor Jim Gray's Arts & Entertainment Task Force on a 90-minute tour that explained a $1 billion renovation that will be done over three phases.

Madison Square Garden renovation wows Rupp task force members

Murray State Signs 2012 Shooting Guard Jeffery Moss


Murray State University has officially signed 2012 shooting guard Jeffery Moss from Bob Jones (Ala.) High School.

Here is a release from MSU:

Murray State Men's Basketball Coach Steve Prohm announced the signing of Jeffery Moss (6-4, 180) from Bob Jones High School in Madison, Ala.

Going into his senior season, Moss has been rated by the Birmingham News fourth on their list of 2012 super seniors in Alabama boy's basketball.

As a junior in the 2010-11 season, Moss averaged 12 points per game to go with five rebounds. He led the Patriots in assists and steals. He was a 56 percent shooter from the floor and 71 percent from the free throw line.

His team at Jones HS went 26-10 last season and advanced to the Alabama State 6A sub-state round.

Moss, a guard, was named Alabama All-Area 15 and the Huntsville Times named him to their All-Metro Team.

“I'm excited about the addition of Jeffery Moss to our program,” Prohm said. “We lose Jewuan Long in this year's senior class and I feel that Jeffery can come in and fill that. He can play a lot of positions for us on the perimeter. He's an outstanding athlete and has great length. Jeffery has the opportunity to be a very good player.”

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Photo: Rivals.com

Terrence Williams: Poor Hungry Driven - Ep. 3 "Family Business"

Here is episode 3 of Terrence Williams' "Poor Hungry Driven" series:

Hot-Shooting College of Charleston Defeats Morehead State


College of Charleston 72
Morehead State 57

Final from Charleston, South Carolina


Game recap by MSU:

CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston Cougars started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back as the hosts used 10 three-pointers to hand the visiting Morehead State men’s basketball team a 72-57 defeat at the TD Center Tuesday morning in part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The Eagles fall to 0-2, while the Cougars, who avenged a 20-point loss to MSU last year, improve to 2-0.

C of C hit eight of its 10 treys in the first half as it built as much as a 22-point lead. MSU was able to trim the Cougars’ lead to 10 early in the second half, but the hosts managed to pull away again and led by double digits the remainder of the game.

“Our lack of physicality really hurt us again,” said MSU coach Donnie Tyndall. “I think we did a good job in the second half of making them miss some shots, but again we got out-rebounded, so we have to find a way to get more physical and rebound the ball better. They would miss but we gave them too many second chances and too many open looks from outside.”

The Eagles were out-rebounded 37-29 and hit only 33 percent (18-of-54) from the floor. The Cougars hit 52 percent (27-of-52) from the field and moved the ball well, accounting for 19 assists.

Senior guard Terrance Hill led the Eagles with 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Jordan Percell scored the Eagles’ first four points and finished with a career-high eight. MSU turned the ball over just 12 times and forced 17 Cougar miscues, but the home team outscored the Eagles 30-18 from beyond the arc.

Jordan Scott hit five triples and led C of C with 22 points. Antwaine Wiggins tallied 17 points, and Trent Weideman reached double figures in rebounds for the second straight game with 12.

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Terrence Williams to Play in Atlanta vs. Seattle Game



Former University of Louisville star Terrence Williams will play in an upcoming Atlanta vs. Seattle charity game.

Here is a press release about the game:

(2011-11-14) Lou Williams Foundation Presents Atlanta VS Seattle Pro Am Game at Morehouse’s Forbes Arena on November 19th

76ers' Lou Williams Foundation's Atlanta team takes on Jamal Crawford Foundation's Seattle team at Pro Am on Saturday, 11/19 at Morehouse College's Forbes Arena

Philadelphia 76ers’ Lou Williams will bring together a top roster of NBA players as his Atlanta team takes on Jamal Crawford’s Seattle team on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Forbes Arena on the grounds of Morehouse College.

The Pro Am will feature some of the NBA’s best players in an entertaining and fast paced, “pick-up” style game. Lou’s Atlanta roster includes Dwight Howard (Magic), Anthony Morrow (Nets), Damien Wilkins (Hawks), Derrick Favors (Jazz), Jeff Teague (Hawks), Joe Johnson (Hawks), and Josh Smith (Hawks). While Jamal’s Seattle line-up will include Jon Brockman (Bucks), Marvin Williams (Hawks), Nate Robinson (Thunder), Terrence Williams (Rockets), and Will Conroy (Rockets).

“We’re excited to bring a talented group of guys together to do what we do best and entertain our fans,” states Lou Williams.

Tickets available now at http://proam.eventbrite.com/

Tickets can also be purchased at Walters located at 66 Decatur Street Southeast, Atlanta, GA or Morehouse College’s Forbes Arena Box Office the day of the event.

About Us: About Lou Williams Foundation: The mission of the Lou Williams Foundation is striving to empower and inspire youth by combining athletics, education, and positive mentorship to motivate them to reach their highest level of success. The Foundation’s annual activities and programs include a basketball clinic, academic scholarship, and father & son program.

About Jamal Crawford Foundation: The mission of the Jamal Crawford Foundation is to provide inner-city children with experiences and activities to strengthen both their minds and bodies leading to well-rounded adults.

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Lamb and Kidd-Gilchrist Talk About Kansas Game

Here is footage of Kentucky's Doron Lamb and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist talking about tonight's game against Kansas and more (videos via uknationofblue on YouTube):



John Calipari Talks About Kansas Game and More

Here is UK head coach John Calipari talking about tonight's game against Kansas and more:



Transcript from UK:

On what the team has been working on since the Marist game …
“We’ve been working on our stuff. We can’t spend a whole lot of time when you’re playing all these young kids. Even the returning players are sophomores, except for Darius (Miller) and Eloy (Vargas) was only here one year too. You have to work on your own stuff. Let’s just be the best we can be for November 14th. If that’s not good enough, we’ll come back and regroup and keep going.”

On whether this game against Kansas is a “statement” game …
“It may be a statement game, but I’m hoping it’s the one they think it’ll be. It could be another statement. I think Kansas, in the same sense, is going to make it a statement game. Kansas is kind of like our team a year ago where everybody thought, ‘You know what, they’re not that good,’ and I kept telling you all, ‘I like my team and there’s no one out there that’s that good that scares me. We just have to get it together by the end of the year.’ I said it probably 500 times. I imagine, right now, that with (Thomas) Robinson and the big kid and the guard play they have, (Kansas coach Bill Self)’s saying the same thing. Now you may say, ‘Well they’re not deep.’ I played six guys last year. We played six guys. I would tell you, he’s got a veteran team of good players and they’re trying to make a statement too.”

On how hard Thomas Robinson will be to defend …
“Very hard. He really does a great job of creating space for himself in transition. He’ll throw himself in pick and rolls and create space for himself to get the ball back. Now, he’s playing out on the floor some so he’ll bring it up the floor on rebounds. He’ll shoot the 15-footer. He’s really good. It’s going to be a hard match-up for us. With Terrence Jones, how much do you really want to put him on (Thomas) Robinson? He’s probably too physical for a bunch of our guys.”

On how far back he goes with Bill Self …
“He followed me at Kansas. We have the same mentor in Larry Brown. When I left, he came into Kansas and he’s had a great career. Everywhere he’s gone he’s won. I have fond memories of Kansas. We lost a national title game where we had the chance to win, missed some free throws, and if it was going to happen to any program who would beat us, I said, ‘Let it be Kansas.’ I had my start at coaching there. I met my wife at Kansas. I had some wonderful times there. It’s a great campus, great tradition, great coaches that were there. Bill has followed in that line. I’ve got fond memories of Kansas.”

On whether UK will have an advantage having had players already experience Madison Square Garden…
“No because it’s going to be nutty and the game isn’t going to start until about midnight. Yesterday and Saturday we practiced late. We didn’t get out of here until 10:30 p.m. yesterday and I told them, ‘Alright men. It’s halftime of our game,’ as the practice ended. It’s going to be rough. They’re physical, they’re well coached, they do their stuff, they know how they’re playing, they’re going to jam it in. They’re going to throw you some pick and rolls to jam it in and then they’re going to jam it in and they’re going to jam it in. You’ve got to be ready for the physicalness of their play. They fly up and down the court and they shoot 3s too. So ours is, we drive it, drive it, shoot 3s. Theirs, they post it, post it, post it and shoot 3s. It’s kind of the same idea. I’ve watched tape. They play hard. They’re tough. They’re not beating themselves. This is a great test. I told our guys, ‘The pressure on us was yesterday and Saturday and today a little bit. That’s all we can do. It’s the 14th of November.’ We finally got in some out of bounds plays. We talked situations yesterday for the first time. If we’re in a close game and stuff doesn’t go right, don’t look at my players. That’s me. We just haven’t had time. It’s the middle of November. Let’s hope it’s not a one-point game and someone has the ball late.”

On how much could be learned about the team in a buzzer-beater situation …
“You look at our schedule, whether it’s St. John’s, who is undefeated, or Louisville, who’s in the top 10; whether it’s Indiana on the road, who’s playing well with two 30-point wins or whether it’s North Carolina, guess they’re doing alright. It doesn’t matter who we play. It’s like Marist. It was a four-point game with two minutes to go in the first half. They’re all going to play well and we’re going to learn about ourselves.”

On what he wants more of from Anthony Davis …
“He’s got to play more physical. He’s got to bend over. He can’t stand straight up and down. He’s got to stay in a stance. He’s got to stump more. He can’t stand around. You know, you dunk a ball and then run down the court. You’ve got to play the entire possession. When you showed him on tape, ‘You stopped, right there. Look at you standing up and down.’ It’s okay in that game, but it’s not okay the next game.”

Murray State Signs Two More, Jeffery Moss on Tuesday


Murray State University has officially signed Terron Gillmore and C.J. Ford to their 2012 recruiting class.

The Racers previously signed Zay Henderson and Erik McCree and expect to sign 6-4 guard Jeffery Moss on later today.

Here is more on Gillmore and Ford from MSU:

C.J. FORD – WESTOVER HS – FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.

C.J. Ford (6-1, 180) is a guard from Westover High School in Fayetteville, N.C.

In the 2010-11 season, Ford averaged 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in leading his team in scoring and assists. He shot 49 percent from the field, 42 percent from three-point range and was an 85 percent free throw shooter. As a sophomore in 2009-10, Ford led the Wolverines with 21 points per game.

Ford and Westover HS were 22-5 last season and advanced to the sectional semi-finals in North Carolina Class 3A. Ford was named All-Region MVP and to the North Carolina All-State Second Team.

He has been nominated for the North Carolina East-West All-Star Game and North-South All-Star game which matches the best seniors from the state against the all-stars from South Carolina.

“We're happy to have C.J. become a Racer,” Prohm said. “We had our eye on him all summer. We wanted to continue to get more athletic in our backcourt because we will lose two senior guards, so C.J. will help. He has a lot of athleticism and is great in the open floor.
He is very good with the ball in his hands.”

Ford plays at Westover High School for head coach George Stackhouse.

“He is a young man of great character,” Stackhouse said. “He's very talented but yet very unassuming and humble. His work ethic is outstanding and it has allowed him to continue to improve every year and he'll do that at Murray State. He has been an outstanding kid to coach. What separates him is his quickness with the ball that allows him to put pressure on the defense.”

TERRON GILLMORE – CALLAWAY HS - JACKSON, MISS.

Terron Gilmore (6-7, 200) is a forward from Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss.

In the 2010-11 season, he averaged eight points, eight rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots per game, while shooting 54 percent from the field.

Gillmore is an active rebounder and shot blocker and has started his senior season at Callaway in impressive fashion with two double-doubles against S.V. Marshall High School and Jim Hill High School.

“The state of Mississippi has been very good to our program over the years and we're excited to have Terron join the Racer program,” Prohm said. “Terron is seeing great improvement right now and his best basketball is ahead of him because he's beginning to tap into his potential. I love the energy he plays with and his ability to alter the opponent's shot around the rim. He's a high character kid who plays extremely hard.”

Gillmore's coach at Callaway High School is Wayne Brent.

“He has developed a lot recently and he's coming out of his shell,” Brent said. “Terron plays with a lot of energy. At the end of last season we played Lanier and he blocked nine shots and started to play like we thought he could. We're looking for a big senior season out of him. He's the kind of kid, who isn't afraid of hard work. I've followed Murray State for a while and Terron will be a good fit for Coach Prohm.”

Gillmore played AAU basketball last summer with Marc Rowe AAU out of Jackson, Miss.

Short-Handed WKU Holds Off Tennessee State


Western Kentucky 52
Tennessee State 49

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky


Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Junior guard Jamal Crook scored WKU's final seven points against Tennessee State Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, and the Hilltoppers earned a 52-49 win in a game that featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes. Crook rallied the team and showed his leadership in the game's final two minutes and helped WKU move its all-time record against Tennessee State to 8-0.

WKU is now 1-1 on the season, and Tennessee State falls to 0-2.

WKU shot 40.4 percent from the field in the game and held Tennessee State to 39.1 percent shooting, including allowing just 1 of 13 three-point tries. WKU overcame 25 turnovers in the game, partly by forcing 19 Tennessee State miscues that resulted in 19 points.

Crook led WKU with a career-high 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, and he also dished out three assists. Derrick Gordon had 10 points and five rebounds, and Kevin Kaspar added seven points. Vinny Zollo and O'Karo Akamune each grabbed six rebounds, three of which came on the offensive end. Robert Covington had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead all players in each category. WKU outrebounded Tennessee State, 32-29.

WKU came out hot to start the game, taking an 8-0 lead as Gordon and Crook alternated baskets before the Tigers scored their first points. Tennessee State missed its first five shots and had two turnovers in its first few trips down the court. But then it was WKU's turn to have a scoring drought, as the Hilltoppers went over five minutes without scoring to help Tennessee State tie the game at 8 after the under-12:00 media timeout.

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Hot-Shooting Presbyterian Blasts EKU


Presbyterian College 78
Eastern Kentucky University 50

Final from Clinton, South Carolina


Game recap by EKU:

CLINTON, S.C. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team ran into a hot-shooting Presbyterian College team on Monday night, as the Colonels fell to the Blue Hose, 78-50, at the Templeton Center.

PC (1-1) shot 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field in the first half and ran out to a commanding 42-23 lead at the break. The Blue Hose continued to pour in shots in the second half and finished the night 46 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range. Conversely, EKU (1-2) shot just 5.3 percent (1-of-19) from behind the arc in the losing effort.

Senior Jaron Jones led the Colonels with a career-high 15 points, while junior Mike Dinunno finished with 11 points and converted 7-of-8 free throws in the second half.

Al’Lonzo Coleman powered the Blue Hose with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Khalid Mutakabbir had 13 points and Tyler Deihl came off the bench to knock down three three-pointers and finish with 11 points. Eleven different PC players scored in the game.

EKU returns to action on Friday when the Colonels go on the road to face another Big South foe, Liberty, at 7:00 p.m.

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